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Modified on: Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 8:46 AM


Thanks to the Synonyms functionality, you can set the same search results for different search queries.


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What is a synonym?

A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language.


When to use synonyms?

Similar words or phrases

Your customers may use different words to describe products in your store. Often, these words are not included in the title or description of the product they are looking for, which leads to disappointing search results.

For example, declare a synonym for the word "pants" to be "trousers". When the word "trousers" is searched in the storefront, the search results will be the same as if the word "pants" was searched. In both cases, the results for "pants" will be shown. This will work differently in reverse: if you set "pants" to be a synonym for "trousers", then both searches will return the result for "trousers".


Plurals

You can also use synonyms to refer the plural form of a noun to its singular form in the product name and vice versa. For example, when your customers search for "chocolates", Milka chocolate will be shown in the search results. If you don't use synonyms, nothing will be found.


Managing synonyms

Setting up synonyms

To add synonyms, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Searchanise control panel > Synonyms section > General tab.
  2. Click the + button on the top right.
  3. Enter the synonyms separated by commas in the left column. These are the words or phrases that your customers are looking for, in other words, search queries. 
  4. Enter the search term in the right column. It's the word or phrase that will be found.
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Click the Force re-indexation button in the Dashboard section to start the indexation.

The synonyms will affect search results after the indexation is complete.


Exporting synonyms

To export synonyms, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Searchanise control panel > Synonyms section > Export/Import tab > Export part.
  2. Click the Download as CSV button.
  3. Choose the directory to save the exported file.


Importing synonyms

To import synonyms, follow these steps:

Important
The file must contain the header fields: Synonyms, Search term.
The CSV file size is limited by the server settings. At the moment the maximum file size is 2 MB.
  1. Go to the Searchanise control panel > Synonyms section > Export/Import tab > Import part.
  2. Select the CSV Delimiter, which is used in the imported CSV file. 
  3. Click the Choose file button and choose the file for importing.
  4. Click the Import button. You can see the imported values in the General tab. 
  5. Click the Force re-indexation button in the Dashboard section to start the indexation.

The synonyms will affect search results after the indexation is complete.






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